1st Test: New Zealand beat India by 40 runs, take 1-0 lead


February 9, 2014

Brief Scorecard: New Zealand 503 and 105 beat India 202 and 366 (Dhawan 115, Wagner 4-62, Southee 3-81) by 40 runs

February 9, 2014

Brief Scorecard: New Zealand 503 and 105 beat India 202 and 366 (Dhawan 115, Wagner 4-62, Southee 3-81) by 40 runs

Trent Boult and New Zealand teammates celebrates the final Indian wicket of Ishant Sharma during day four of the international cricket Test match between New Zealand and India played at Eden Park in Auckland on February 9, 2014.

New Zealand beat India by 40 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series. Needing a massive 407 runs to win, India folded on 366 with Shikhar Dhawan finishing as the top-scorer with 115 runs

AUCKLAND: Spirited performance by New Zealand overshadowed a valiant show as hosts beat India by 40 runs to win the first Test match at Eden Park and lead the 2-match series 1-0.

The Indian batsmen just crumbled against the New Zealand pacers as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the match once the steady partnership between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan was broken.

Neil Wagner proved to be the wrecker-in-chief as he picked up impeccable figures of 4/62. Fellow pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee too chipped in brilliantly as they finished with figures of 3/86 and 3/81 respectively.

India looked strong at one time when skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease; however, the moment was short-lived when the latter was dismissed cheaply.

Zaheer Khan was caught in the slips by Ross Taylor that awarded Wagner with his third wicket soon after Jadeja's blazing 21-ball 26 that included 4 fours and 1 six was brought to an end by Boult.

Jadeja, who seemed to be firing all cylinders, put up an impressive 50-plus run partnership with skipper MS Dhoni before he got carried away and was caught at mid-on by Ish Sodhi off Boult's delivery.

Earlier, India got off to the worst possible start as they lost Rohit Sharma to Tim Southee on the first ball after tea.

Rohit (19) was left completely bamboozled as Southee's swinging delivery caught the bat's edge and found its way into the gloves of keeper Bradley Watling.

Wagner took two wickets after lunch to drag New Zealand back into the Test as the visitors advanced to 270 for five at tea on the fourth day.

Wagner dismissed the dangerous Kohli for 67 to break a 128-run partnership with Dhawan, then had the opening batsman caught behind for 115.

Boult then dismissed Ajinkya Rahane before tea with the first delivery of the second new ball when he trapped the batsman lbw for 18, though television replays showed Rahane had got an inside edge before the ball hit his pads.

India's innings had been built around Dhawan, who had struggled for form before the Eden Park clash and was dismissed for a three-ball duck in the first innings.

Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his second Test century, New Zealand v India, 1st Test, Auckland, 4th day, February 9, 2014

Resuming on 49, he almost ran himself out when going for a quick single to reach his half century then saw off Tim Southee in the first hour and began to accumulate by putting away bad balls and leaving ones he did not need to play.

He resumed after lunch on 81 and wasted little time in the 90s, bashing a six to move to 99 and prematurely celebrate his century before Kohli directed his attention to the scoreboard.

Dhawan, however, was able to celebrate properly on the next ball when he cut legspinner Ish Sodhi to the cover-point fence for his 11th boundary.

Kohli had begun to look ominous after lunch before Wagner produced the first of his wickets when the right hander got an inside edge to a delivery and wicketkeeper BJ Watling took a good low catch to leave the visitors on 222-3.

His second wicket of the session came about 25 minutes before tea when Dhawan fended off a bouncer and got an edge through to Watling.

Tim Southee had snapped up the valuable wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for 23 in the morning session when he nicked a seaming delivery through to Watling.

The second Test in the series begins at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Feb. 14.

Coutesy: AFP